A helping hand
Q Can I help my apricot crop? JULIE CHAPMAN, SKEGNESS
A Apricot flowers open very early in spring when there are few pollinating insects about, so it’s worth hand pollinating plants with a small brush on a sunny day. They also tend to bloom on older wood, on short spurs, so don’t prune too hard. Just shorten long summer growth while your tree’s in leaf.
Apricots may need hand pollinating